Discipleship

Mourners becomes Missionaries

Bible Lesson: Luke 24:13-35

Theme Verses: Vs. 30-31 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

This passage is one of the most beautiful illustrations of Jesus’ revelation after His resurrection to Cleopas and his other companion who were going to the village of Emmaus. They were deeply troubled and sad because of the way Jewish authorities made Jesus to suffer till the point of death. As they were discussing this matter, resurrected Christ joins them and explained about the suffering and the glorification of Messiah with the help of the scripture. Unfortunately, their spiritual eyes were closed and they couldn’t recognize Him. But when at the table He broke the bread, their eyes were opened and He disappeared from their sight. Immediately, they ran towards Jerusalem and proclaimed about Jesus’ resurrection to the disciples. They said Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road and how they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread.

We should always give thanks to Jesus for the promise of His presence in the midst of those who gather in His name (Matt. 18:20). The theme and the concern of the discussion of the two travellers was Jesus alone. While they were trying to grapple with the issue, Jesus made a surprise entry to encourage them from the Holy Scripture. Oswald Chambers said, “Jesus rarely comes where we expect Him; He appears where we least expect Him, and always in the most illogical connections. The only way a worker can keep true to God is by being ready for the Lord’s surprise visits.” I admire my saviour who comes along our journey of faith and helps us to understand His Word in a better way. Many a times we are confused and distress but the Word of God becomes the source of inspiration. Only through the power of God we are able to comprehend the scripture. Jesus uses every opportunity to correct our life and strengthen our faith as we move forward.

Jesus joined them to share about the real purpose of the coming of Messiah. In vs. 25, He said ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? In Jewish thought, the Messiah would be the king of the Jews, a political leader who would defeat their enemies and bring in a golden era of peace and prosperity. But here Jesus mentions that Messiah is a suffering spiritual leader who came to free everyone from the slavery of sin, curse and eternal death. He quoted the scripture fully to make them understand about the Messiah. Earlier also Jesus shared to the disciples in Matthew 16 about the suffering and death. Peter couldn’t believe His words and denied His claims. But Jesus got angry and said to him in Vs. 23. “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” In spite of opposition and lack of understanding our Messiah entered into the glory on third day. If we believe in Jesus’ resurrection we will be also entering into His glory. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last for very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! (2 Corinth. 4:17).

As they sat down to eat, Jesus took a small loaf of bread, broke it and gave it to them, miraculously their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. Someone said, ‘the two had opened to Him their home, and now He opens their eyes.’ Their spiritual darkness was removed. They were filled with joy. Instead of spending time in Emmaus, they ran towards Jerusalem and proclaimed about Jesus. After hearing the gospel, mourners became missionaries. As long as they were without Jesus, their lives were dull and sad but when they heard Him and saw Him their hearts leaped with joy. We believe in God who has power to remove the spiritual darkness of which our people suffering with. As the darkness subsides the face of His Son appears and we gaze upon Him our faces begin to glow. When Jesus appears in our lives we get excited so much that we become His spokesperson forever.

 

And He walks with me;

And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own

And the joy we share as we tarry there

None other has ever known

                                                                                         –Anne Murray